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PREVIEW: Nigerian Footballers To Watch Out For This Weekend

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League and cup actions are set to come underway on Saturday and Sunday across European and Scandinavia leagues with many exciting fixtures in the offing

Nigerian footballers who plys their trade outside the shores of the country will not be left out as they are expected to file ou with their various clubs at the weekend.

Below are the top Nigerian stars to look out for at the weekend .

1. Emmanuel Dennis (Watford, England)
The most inform Nigerian striker, Emmanuel Dennis, who has Six (6) goals to his name will be coming all out on Matchdays (15) to score more goals as his side host’s, Manchester City on Saturday afternoon.

2. Troost-Ekong (Watford, England)
The Super Eagles assistant Skipper, will have alot to worry about on Matchdays (15) when his side trade tackles with Manchester city at home on Saturday afternoon.

3. Kelechi Iheanacho (Leicester City, England)
After a successful outing at the midweek, Kelechi and his side will have their hands full in a tricky game when they square up against, Steven Gerrard Aston Villa side on Sunday afternoon.

4. Frank Onyeka (Brentford, England)
Frank the ‘Tank’ who featured for a limited time in his side defeat at the mid week against, Tottenham Hotspur, will be up for selection when his side trade tackles with Leeds on Sunday afternoon

5. Cyril Dessers (Feyenoord, Netherland)
The Super Eagles striker who featured for a limited time in his side win against, Hercules, at the midweek will fight to continue his impressive form when they trade tackles with Sittard on Sunday afternoon.

6. Calvin Bassey (Rangers, Scotland)
The Super Eagles left footed defender and his Scottish side who were brilliant at the midweek against, Hibernian will be up against, Dundee FC on Saturday afternoon in a league game.

7. Joe Aribo (Rangers, Scotland)
The left footed midfielder who was on parade at the mid-week will be gunning for Victory when Rangers Glasgow face Dundee FC at home

8. Leon Balogun (Ranger’s, Scotland)
The Super Eagles big centre back who was missing in action at the midweek will face a late fitness test to ascertain his fitness level as his side will square up against, Dundee FC on Saturday afternoon.

9. Innocent Bonke (Malmo FF, Sweden)
The Super Eagles rock solid defensive midfielder and his Swedish side will be off action at the weekend.

10. Moses Simon (Nantes, France)
The wing wizard will file out with his French side as they trade tackles with,Lorient away from home on Sunday afternoon.

11. Samuel Kalu (Bordeaux, France)
The Winger and his French side will face, Lyon, on Sunday afternoon as they strive to improve its position on the log.

12. Victor Osimhen (Napoli, Italy)
The Super Eagles talisman who suffered a cheekbone injury will not be involved with a cheering news of his return to train next week.

13. Samuel Chukwueze (Villareal,Spain)
“Samu’ and his Villareal team will be faced with an uphill task as they face Sevilla away from home on Saturday afternoon.The Super Eagles winger who was on target in the Copa Del Rey will look forward to help his team bag a win on Saturday.

14. Paul Onuachu (Genk, Belgium)
The lanky striker will look forward to increase his goal tally as his Belgian side, Genk, faces KV Mechelen on Sunday evening in the Belgian topflight league.

15. Henry Onyekuru (Olympiacos, Greece)
The petit winger who played an important role in his side last league match will sort ways around to increase his goal tally when they face, OFl Crete, on Saturday afternoon.

16. Maduka Okoye (Sparta Rotterdam, Netherlands)
The Nigerian Super Eagles goalkeeper who recently signed for English Premier league side, Watford, will not be available for selection owing to a shoulder injury.

17. Chidera Ejuke (CSKA Moscow, Russia)
The CSKA wing wizard will look forward to continue tormenting the Russian topflight league defenders and add to his goal count as they face Russian outfit, Samara at away on Sunday afternoon.

18. Ahmed Musa (Faith Karagumruk, Turkey)
The Nigeria Super Eagles skipper who scored his second goal for his new at the mid-week will look forward to contribute immensely to his side pursuit of bouncing back to winning ways in the league when they face, Giresunspor on Sunday evening.

20.David Okereke (Venzia, Italy)
The former Nigeria junior international who has found his goalscoring form will be saddled with the responsibility for another goal when his side face, Hellas Verona.

21. Joel Obi (Salerinitana, Italy)
The box to box Midfielder and his side will be faced with a Litmus test when they face AC Milan this weekend.

22. Ola Aina (Torino, Italy)
The Super Eagles right back and his Italian Seria A outfit will be faced with a Litmus test when they face Cagliari on Monday night.

23.Ededem Edem Essien (FC Van, Armenia)
The midfield maestro and his fellow compatriot, Bolu Pascal are expected to be up for selection when they face, Noah, away from home.

24. Ikouwem Utin ( Slaven Belupo, Crotia)
The Nigeria U20 skipper and his Crotian side will have their handsful when they trade tackles with, Istra 1961 on Monday night.

25. Stephen Odey (Randers Denmark)
The former Nigeria professional football league goal king will look forward to continue his impressive cup form and help his team to a win when they face, Odense, on Sunday afternoon.

26. Moses Ebiye (Tromso, Norway)
The 24years old forward will look forward to increase his goal tally and propel his side to a win when they face Sarpsborg 08, on Sunday afternoon.

27. Jackson Ipalibo (Strømsgodset, Norway)
The Box to box Midfielder and his compatriot duo of Attah Kadiri and Friday Fred will look forward to propel their side to a win when they face, Haugesund, on Saturday evening.

28. Ishaq Abdulrazak (Norrkoping, Sweden)
The 19 years old Midfield maestro and his side will be off action this weekend.

29. Godswill Ekpolo (Hacken, Sweden)
The big centre back and his compatriot, Tebo Franklin, will off action at the weeknd.

30. Akinkunmi Amoo (Hammarby Sweden)
Thee influential winger will also be out of action with his side this weekend.

31. Ndidi Wilfred (Leicester City)
Ndidi banged a goal against the last time will look forward to return to retain his place in the Leicester team and fight for his shirt when the take on Aston Villa.

32. Ezekiel Henty (Slovan Bratislava, Slovakia)
The Slovakian top flight league highest goal scorer will look forward to add his goal tally when his side faces, Z.Moravce.

33. Samuel Adegbnero (Norrkoping, Sweden)
The lethal striker who leads the goal chart in the Swedish Allsvenskan league with 17goals will off action with his club this wekend.

34. Bruno Sopuruchukwu (CD Feirense)
The Utility player will be giving his all when his Portuguese based outfit, CD Feirense, trade tackles with, Vilafranquense on Saturday.

35. Zaidu Sanusi (FC Porto, Portugal)
The left full back is expected to help his side beat stubborn headed Vitória Poirtminense side on Sunday night.

36. James Igbekeme (Real Zaragoza, Spain)
The skilful left full back will square up, Eibar, on Monday night in the Spanish Segunda division league match.

37. Kenneth Omeruo (Leganes, Spain)
The centre back who featured for all 90mins in the Copa Del Rey at the mid-week will file out with Leganes as they face, Girona on Monday Night.

38. Leke James (Sivasspor, Turkey)
The Striker is expected to start for the Sivasspor side at the Weeknd as they face, Alyanspor on Saturday afternoon.

39. Wisdom Kanu (MFK Zemplín Michalovce)
The midfield maestro will be relied on Sunday afternoon for killer passes and goals when he faces, Ruzomberok.

40. Sadiq Umar (Almeria, Spain)
The Nigerian dream team striker will look forward to increase his goal tally to help his Spanish second division outfit, Almeria, claim maximum points at full time as they welcome, Fuenlabrada at home on Saturday night.

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Joshua Akpudje: Rock-Solid Nigeria Defender Listed In Erovnuli Liga TOTW

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Highly rated Nigerian defender, Joshua Akpudje, has been listed in the Erovnuli Liga Team Of The Week following his stellar performance in FC Dinamo Tbilisi 2-0 home win over Samgurali.

Akpudje and his FC Dinamo Tbilisi side squared up against Samgurali in its first Matchday of the season hoping to start on the front foot with a victory when the two sides lock horns at the Boris Paichadze Dinamo Arena.

The keenly contested fixture had the host, FC Dinamo Tbilisi opening scoring at the 10th minute and doubled its lead at the 32nd second goal to end the first half infront and all maximum points at full time.

Rock-solid Nigerian defender, Joshua Akpudje, who lasted for all 90mins in the fixture was a beauty to watch as he marshaled the team backline expertly to ensure a win with a clean-sheet.

Joining FC Dinamo Tbilisi, Joshua Akpudje heartwarming display in the fixture against Samgurali earned him a place in the team of the week alongside other players who were outstanding with their various clubs.

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Weekend Review: Nine (9) Nigerian Stars Who Found Back Of Net

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Actions resumed over the weekend across many leagues as teams continue their quest for domestic and continental glory in various Matchdays.

In over a thousand games played across top leagues at the weekend, Nigerian players were outstanding with their various clubsides and here are (9) Nigerian stars who found back of the net at the weekend.

1. Chidera Ejuke (Royal Antwerp, Belgium)

The Nigerian ‘magician’ was in his usual element as he scored and bagged assists to help Royal Antwerp clinch a 3-0 win.

2. Rasheed Sodiq (Rabotinick, Macedonia)

The Nigerian defender came through with a goal to help Rabotnicki Skopje secure a win at home.

3. Terem Moffi (OG Nice, France)

The Nigeria Super Eagles star scored his side only goal in their 2-1 defeat to Tolouse.

4. Boluwatife Ogungbayi (Slavia Praha, Czech Republic)

The highly rated forward fired in a brace to help Slavia Prague B clinch a 3-0 against Admira Prague.

5. Ahmed Abdullahi (Genk, Belgium)

Red-hot Ahmed Abdullahi in his scoring element scored twice to help Jong Genk down Royal Antwerp B at home.

6. Aliyu Ibrahim (Houston Dynamo, USA)

The Nigerian winger opened his goal account in the new season regardless his side 2-1 lose.

7. Effiong Nsungusi (FC Neftchi Fergana, Uzbekistan)

Nsungusi started off life with, FC Neftchi Fergana, on the front foot as he fired a brace to inspire the team win.

8. Olakunle Olusegun (FC Krasnodar, Russia)

The Nigerian striker opened scoring for his side to earn the team a point in their 1-1 stalemate.

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Nigeria Striker, Leke James Bags Degree In Business Management

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Nigeria forward, Leke Samson James, has completed his Business and Sports Management course at the, University of Hertfordshire in United Kingdom.

James follows in the footstep of former Nigeria International, Seyi Olofinjana, Nigeria Super Eagles midfielder, Ndidi Wilfred as well as Nigeria Super Falcons duo of Rasheedat Ajibade and Uchenna Kanu. who bagged degrees in same discipline.

He started out his career in his native homeland playing for Bridge Boys.

He transferred to Aalesund on 6 January 2012,

On 26 July 2012 he made his first appearance for Aalesund coming on as a substitute at the start of the second half of the game versus Tirana in Europe League scoring twice in Aalesund’s 5–0 win. On 29 July 2012 he made his debut in Tippeligaen and also started his first match, against Stabæk.

Between 2016 and 2017 he played for Chinese club Beijing Enterprises Group in China League One.

On 30 April 2018, Molde FK announced the signing of James on a three-year contract.[2] He got his Molde debut on 26 July 2018 when he came on as a 67th minute substitute in Molde’s 3–0 win against Laçi in the 2018–19 UEFA Europa League second qualifying round. James scored Molde’s third goal in the game

On June 2019, James scored a perfect hat-trick in the first half in Molde’s 4–0 away win against Strømsgodset.[3]He scored with his right foot, left foot and his head and completed his hat-trick in 13 minutes and 45 seconds. On 11 July 2019.

After a short spell in the Saudi Pro League, James joined Süper Lig club Sivasspor on a two-year on 14 July 2021.[6]

On 30 December 2021, James scored two goals in Sivasspor’s 2–1 win over MKE Ankaragücü in the fifth round of the Turkish Cup.[7] Sivasspor would eventually defeat Kayserispor in the final to secure the club its first major honour.[8]

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